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Work to create ‘Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers’ wins B.C. Reconciliation Award

January 19, 2023

By Cloverdale Reporter

A groundbreaking project in Surrey is among winners of the 2022 British Columbia Reconciliation Award.

The creation of the “Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers” has earned the award for Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), run by DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society.

The goal of the guide is to address a lack of educational resources about First Peoples in Canada, created from an Indigenous perspective.

“The first of its kind in Surrey, the 46-page guide provides information on histories and current challenges of Indigenous, Métis, and Inuit people in Canada, and addresses common misconceptions and stereotypes about the First Peoples, and also celebrates Indigenous brilliance and excellence,” explains a post on the Lieutenant Governor of B.C.’s website.

On Jan. 12, Surrey LIP’s senior manager, Lenya Wilks, and DIVERSEcity CEO Neelam Sahota attended an awards ceremony at Government House in Victoria, in partnership with BC Achievement Foundation. Fifteen award winners for 2021 and 2022 were honoured at the event, which included speeches by Premier David Eby, Lt. Gov. Janet Austin, Hereditary Chief Sophie Pierre, T’esóts’en Patrick Kelly and Kúkpi7 Rosanne Casimir.

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